EATIA - ESPON and Territorial Impact Assessment

Thematic scope

European sector policies and directives – often together with their translation and implementation into national and regional policies – can have a severe impact on the territorial development and spatial development policies of countries and regions in Europe.

EU Member States and the European Commission therefore demonstrate interest in Territorial Impact Assessment (TIA). They both have been involved in research and experimental initiatives in order to better understand TIA. EU Member States underline the need for TIA in the Territorial Agenda and are now looking for a tool that is easy to use in practice.

This project shall therefore test the practical use of existing methods and tools for TIA. Through both analytical work and an interactive learning track the project is expected to define possibilities for implementing TIA at national and sub-national level in EU Member States. The policymaking contexts of Portugal, Slovenia and the United Kingdom shall function as test areas.

Please read more about the main areas of analysis and main results envisaged.


  • Communities and Local Government, United Kingdom (Lead Stakeholder)
  • Ministry of Cities, Spatial Planning and Environment, Portugal
  • Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy, Slovenia

Lead Partner

University of Liverpool, School of Environmental Sciences (UK)

Detailed information on the contracted project team can be found under Transnational Project Groups.

Budget : € 349 281.00

Project’s lifetime: September 2010 – April 2012

Delivery of Reports

Inception Report: 31 January 2011
Interim Report: 29 August 2011
Draft Final Report: 27 February 2012
Final Report: 30 April 2012


Reports will be published once they are approved by the ESPON Monitoring Committee

More information

Please contact the Project Expert at the ESPON Coordination Unit:
Marjan VAN HERWIJNEN, e-mail: [email protected]

Main areas of analysis

  • Evaluating how the assessment of territorial impacts of European (sector) policies can be addressed within policymaking in EU Member States.
  • Exploring the concrete needs at national and regional level in terms of TIA.
  • Indicating the possibilities for implementing TIA within EU Member States and creating a knowledge transfer on TIA to the regional and local level in the contexts of Portugal, Slovenia and the United Kingdom.

Main results envisaged

The project will consist of an analytical track and an interactive learning track running parallel and complimenting each other. The analytical track is expected to deliver:

  • An overview of existing TIA methods developed by EU Member States, by the European Commission as well as within the ESPON 2006 and 2013 programmes.
  • An evaluation of existing methods and tools for TIA.
  • An exploration of technical potentials for the implementation of TIA methods.
  • Recommendations for implementing TIA in practice.

The projects interactive track will include:

  • Organising interactive learning sessions intended to transmit project findings.
  • Establishing a national learning network in each of the stakeholder countries.
  • Assessing available methods and tools and defining a common understanding on methods and tools that can be shared.


Final Report

  • Acrobat Document | 4.24MB

Final Report - Guidance: A Framework for Assessing the Territorial Impacts of European Directives

  • Acrobat Document | 1.32MB

Draft Final Report

  • Acrobat Document | 4.16MB

Interim Report

  • Acrobat Document | 1.51MB

Inception Report

  • Acrobat Document | 554KB

Project Specification

  • Acrobat Document | 80KB